New Central Bohemia governor elected

The regional assembly of the Central Bohemian region on Friday elected Social Democrat MP Miloš Petera the region’s new governor. Mr Petera succeeds party colleague Josef Řihák who stepped down on Monday over disputes within the Social Democrat group in Central Bohemia. Mr Petera, who has served as deputy governor, said he would give up his seat in the lower house of Parliament to be able to fully dedicate himself to his duties. Opposition councillors from the Civic Democrat and TOP 09 parties criticized the result of Friday’s vote, and said they wanted to know the real reasons behind the previous governor’s resignation.